2 hrs
All Ages
Minimum Age
Dana Point

Go Whale and Dolphin Watching in Dana Point

Tour Length: 2  hours

Dana Wharf Whale Watching began in 1971 and was the first whale watching company in Orange County. We are the premier year-round whale watching facility in Southern California. If you are coming to whale watch, you want to do it from Dana Point with Dana Wharf, the pioneers of the industry.

All of our whale and dolphin watching cruises are narrated by our expert marine naturalist captains, who educate you on the abundant ocean life on our coast. Trips are all two hours long, giving us plenty of time to discover the world that lies beneath!

About the Dolphin & Whale Watch Adventure

Join Dana Point’s first (and the locals’ favorite) whale watching company and delight in the exciting sights and sounds of the magnificent ocean creatures at Dana Wharf. Known as a landmark for marine life sightings, Dana Wharf’s whale and dolphin watching adventures offer rare glimpses into a huge variety of underwater wildlife and gorgeous scenic views you’ll never forget.

Seasonally, we see over 1,500 gray whales, and in the summer we see blue whales. Year-round, we see fin whales, minke whales, humpback whales, and even sharks.

Every trip is a new experience, so be sure to come out often! Whale watching season is year-round, and marine mammal sightings are guaranteed, meaning that if you do not see a whale OR dolphin, we’ll give you a voucher for a free trip that never expires!

See wildlife such as:

Gray whales (November – May) – These friendly whales are up to 65 feet long!
Blue whales (May – November) – They can grow up to 100 feet long and weigh up to 100 tons – you will not believe your eyes if you’re lucky enough to see one of these impressive marine mammals!
These whales visit year-round – fin whales, humpback whales, minke whales, and more.
Dolphins – Take memorable photos as schools of playful dolphins frolic around the boat!
Sea lions, pelicans, and other seafaring birds, plus possible sightings of sharks (mako, hammerhead, and great white).

Trips may be aboard our Dana Pride, the Queen of our fleet and our largest vessel; the Lot’ A Fun, our brand new state-of-the-art catamaran with incredible unobstructed 360-degree views; or our Ocean Adventure, a luxury eco-friendly catamaran with a raised EYE SPY viewing platform. We guarantee the best whale watching experience in Southern California!

SeniorsAges 55+
AdultsAges 13+ $56
ChildrenAges 3 to 12
ToddlerAges 2 and under Free

This adventure is operated by Dana Wharf Whale Watching & Sportfishing

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Activity may be canceled due to severe weather
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Trip Minimums
In order to run this tour, a minimum number of tickets must be sold. If the ticket minimum is not met, Dana Wharf may need to cancel the trip. If we do cancel, you will be contacted as soon as possible and fully refunded and or rescheduled.